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To Be Spiritually Minded:

April 3, 2008

Proverbs 3:19 “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”

II Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

One thing that seems needful is an ongoing exhortation to focus on that which is eternal.  On a clear night, one can look into the heavens and the sheer vastness of it all would seem to just go on forever.  Yet despite the vastness of all that appears, every single atom will, at some point, cease to be.  The spiritual realm, on the other hand, is forever.  God is from everlasting and to everlasting; a truth that falls into the “things too wonderful for me” catagory as our finite mind can never grasp how such a thing can be possible.  Each of us have a beginning, however, we are going to remain forever.  There will never be another moment in which any of us cease to exist.  We are all eternal beings and where we spend that eternity depends completely upon whether or not we have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. 

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Several months ago in his newsletter, Last Trumpet Ministries, David Meyer made a statement to the effect that “most people simply don’t think spiritually.”  He was referring, not only to those who are in the valley of decision, but also to most who confess Jesus Christ as Savior.  We often become so occupied with the elements of this present world that they consume us.  Then, just as the seed that falls among the thorns, we become unfruitful concerning matters of everlasting significance.  Increasingly, we will obsess over the ongoing earthly theatrics and heap to ourselves treasure in the physical realm while the issues that truly matter are neglected.  Drifting sets in and we start becomming “religious” as opposed to spiritual.  It’s a danger that all of us are confronted with daily to varying degrees which makes it imperative that we continually examine our desires and ensure that Jesus is truly our first love.

I’ve mentioned this analogy in previous posts.  Our pastor commonly makes mention of the hundred year test.  When assigning a level of importance to a particular subject, we should ask the question “will this thing have any relevance a hundred years from now?”  In short, if it will be irrelevant a hundred years from now, it’s probably not all that important now.  A hundred years from now, (if time should extend that far out) all that we currently lay claim to in this world will be in the hands of others.  The political speeches, the memorable sporting events, the celebrities, the current manifestations of cutting edge technology, reality television programming, everything that causes people to obsess over the mundane will have been long forgotten. 

On the other hand, that which is done in the name of Jesus; reaching out to a lost world with the gospel, visiting those who are in prison, providing sustinence for one who is in want; in short, loving our neighbor as ourselves, will have eternal ramifications for both parties.  Such works in Jesus name benefit those in despair; not only in the meeting of physical needs, but as they receive the truth that we serve a living God who desires a relationship with them, some will come to accept Jesus Christ as Savior.  How imperative it is for our lives to match our profession of faith in Christ as priceless souls are hanging in the balance.   

Such works also benefit those who perform them in Jesus name as they are the means by which treasure is stored up in heaven.  Treasure that will remain when the mountains, the seas, all the worlds treasures, and the stars that fill the midnight sky are but a distant memory.  A truly heavenly minded person will be about their Fathers business with the understanding that this season in the physical realm, where we daily rub shoulders with those who are still outside the ark of safety, is ever so brief.  As we draw closer to the Lord Jesus and become increasingly more like him, we will undoubtedly be shunned by many in this world; even many christians who have chosen to remain within the confines of endless debatings and conformity to the traditions of men. 

Psalm 39:5-6 “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.  Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.”

It’s perplexing becaue we know the temporal nature of things here and the lateness of the hour.  We are surrounded by priceless eternal souls for whom Jesus shed his blood to redeem.  We know the joy and peace which passes all understanding that remains constant when we are in close to the Lord.  We can quote, or at least easily locate,all of the verses that tell of the awesomeness of God and the wonders of the age to come.  Yet we easily allow ourselves to become distracted by the temporal.  We gnat-strain over the most insignificant of issues, subject ourselves to mindless entertainment which usually presents a picture of reality that’s anything but scriptural, throw ourselves into our careeers, and, suddenly look around and ask ourselves “where have all of the years gone?” 

Please understand that, with this post, I’m addressing areas in which I need to grow also.  I’ve squandered so many years that it’s painful to even think about.  Yet the subject must be addressed and we must redeem what little time remains. Our perception of reality must extend beyond the confines of a status quo which would have us believe that the CNN version of reality is accurate.  We must lay hold of the bigger picture and understand that every day, the relentless spiritual warfare which transpires all around us is becoming more intense.  That every day, souls depart the land of the living; never to pass this way again.  That every night, we go to bed with one less day to make a difference in the life of someone who is at their wits end. 

Well I’ll close out for now as this post has become more involved than was anticipated.  This is an area in which literary limitations keep one from adequately conveying the seriousness of it.  But the word of God endures forever and never returns void.  Therefore, I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus and will leave with these familiar passages:

Romans 8:5-6 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Philippians 3:17-20 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“TO MOVE BEYOND?”  This is a post by Phil McAlmond that brings to light the fervent desire that we must possess for going on unto perfection in Christ.  I don’t quite know how to explain it, but it’s an awesome read and will encourage anyone who takes a moment to check it out.

“WHERE IS THE URGENCY?”  I found this post a few minutes ago.  It’s a heartfelt plea for the saints of God to wake up and realize the lateness of the hour.

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9 comments

  1. May we ever have our heart and mind fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, for we know not at what hour He will return, or when we will be called home.

    This really sunk in at the funeral yesterday for we all will give an account of what we did with our lives, at the end of time when we stand before the judgement seat of Christ.

    Blessings abundant to you Timbob, on this new day wherein you have an opportunity to be a light and witness for our Lord Jesus Christ!

    Susan


  2. Wow, that will make you think! Need a few minutes to digest. Why can’t we wrap our brains on how big God is?


  3. I think perhaps the Lord in His mercy will remove from us all that encumbers. A window of grace, if you will.

    Blessings on you today,

    Peter


  4. Greetings in Jesus name to all who stopped by.

    Susan: Amen. To be steadfast about the business of the gospel whereby souls may be birthed into the kingdom. Blessings to you, Richard, and your household.

    Livethevision: It’s incredible as to the awesomeness of God. While it’s impossible for our finite mind to grasp, I’m convinced that one of the fascinating aspects of eternity will be a continual learning of just how awesome is. “Yea the deep things of God.” WooHoo! Blessings always in Christ Jesus.

    Peter: Amen. To let go of everything that hinders. Have a blessed day and week in Jesus.

    Thanks to all who responded. I apolagize for being habitually late on my replies.


  5. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.


  6. Hi sandrar. Thanks so much for taking time to comment. I’ll return the favor when time permits.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


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  8. Hi BC. Thanks for taking time to stop by. May the name of Jesus be magnified always.


  9. Amen to this post Tim Bob! Would to God that all his people would enter into that spiritual realm, face into the wind! Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and led by his Dunamis Power…how awesome their lives would be and what a witness to the unsaved world, instead of the poly-glot of confusion and false teachings we see for the most part in today’s weak and faithless mainstream make believe churches.
    Your posts are always a blessing.



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